Sometimes I despair.
According to the DWP, foster parents who have a ‘spare’ bedroom they use for foster children will be hit by the government’s bedroom tax – but not parents of pupils at Eton.
The bedroom tax, which is being introduced in April 2013 as part of the government’s ‘reforms’ of housing benefits, will mean that a household that has an extra room for a current or potential foster child will be treated as ‘under-occupying’ (see here on page 8).
However, a household with children at a boarding school – such as Eton for example – will not have to pay any bedroom tax at all.
Why is seemingly nobody up in arms about this?
I always thought British people, regardless of our political differences, prided ourselves on our keen sense of fairness. Obviously I was wrong.
Just when exactly did we as a nation stop being outraged by such clear and open inequality and injustice?
Here’s a petition against the bedroom tax:
And for more general information about the bedroom tax, see here: